Ewing publishes 'Icons of Grand Haven'

Tribune Staff • Apr 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Name of book: “Icons of Grand Haven”

Author: Wallace K. Ewing

Literary genre: Local history

Available at: The Bookman, Hostetter’s, Spring Lake Antique Mall, Depot Antiques, Grand Haven Garden House and No Place Like Home Gifts

Synopsis of the book: Grand Haven’s “got history,” and much of that history has to do with buildings and sites, places where people lived, worked, shopped, and enjoyed themselves. Some of the structures still stand, looking much as they did in years gone by. Others were razed or substantially altered. The scope of this book features a relatively few such landmarks, each one selected from a long list of possibilities. The captions provide brief histories of the icons and a comment about their current use, when applicable.

Why did you write the book? “Icons of Grand Haven” offers readers a quick insight into the history of Grand Haven, as a residential community and a resort center.

Author's thoughts about the book: I am excited about “Icons” because of its small format, its color pictures and brief historical notations.

About the author: Wallace K. Ewing earned his bachelor and master degrees from Michigan State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He was appointed to a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Tehran in Iran, taught Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa, and trained master degree candidates in Puerto Rico to teach English in the public schools. After serving as provost of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, he returned to his hometown of Grand Haven. Ewing spent 2006-07 at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China, teaching English writing and American literature. Since his return to Grand Haven, he has continued to research and write about local history and genealogy. He is the author of more than a dozen books.

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